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Burglar smashes library artwork, steals donations

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

A 16-year-old island boy was arrested Wed­nes­­day, police say.
A burglar smashed his way into the Bainbridge Library Tuesday night, then damaged a unique work of art to steal cash contributions made to the library. Police arrested a 16-year-old male suspect Wednesday afternoon, shortly after a witness came forward and linked him to the crime, De­tective Scott An-der­son said. The youth remained in custody at the Kitsap juvenile facility Thursday. Dam­aged in the break-in was a 6-foot-tall, papier maché giraffe just inside the li­brary en­trance.

Churches unite ‘on the side of love’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Gay marriage is explored in a forum by two ‘affirming’ congregations.
Shay Reed and his partner Warren had been together for nearly a decade, when they learned last February that gay men and lesbian women in San Francisco were being married, followed, within weeks, by same-sex couples in Oregon’s Multnomah County. The long-inaccessible state-sanctioned union was suddenly a real possibility for the committed couple, North Kitsap residents who belong to Bainbridge’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and who are raising a son together.

No worries, but lots to fret about

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Young singer/songwriter has been strumming since age 8.
At a time in life when many teens struggle for self-definition, Lana McMullen knows she’s on the road to her future. A freshman at Bainbridge High School, McMullen sings her original compositions at the park district’s First Fridays concert on May 7, accompanying herself on guitar. “I’ve always really loved music since I was really little,” McMullen said. “And then I was really influenced by country music when I was growing up, because Shania Twain played the guitar and I was obsessed with her.”

Roundabout gets a trim -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

City works crews took up planter strips around the Madison roundabout last week, replacing tall vegetation to improve driver visibility and pedestrian safety. Pulled up were stands of Oregon grape, which when fully mature can grow to six feet in height, said Lance Newkirk, operations manager for public works. “As the original Oregon grape plantings grew taller and taller, staff began receiving calls from citizens regarding pedestrians entering the crosswalks being harder and harder to see,” Newkirk said. “Staff received calls from parents of younger school children concerned that their kids, because of their smaller stature, were getting lost in the vegetation.”

Bomb threat clears school

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

A reward may be offered for information on the perpetrator.
A hand-written bomb threat cleared Woodward Middle School of students for hours Monday. The threatening note was found by a student in the school commons just before 10 a.m., Bainbridge Police Lt. Phil Hawkins said. It was turned over to an administrator, with district officials and law enforcement notified in turn. Because the note was credible enough to raise suspicions, students were evacuated and a multi-agency bomb squad was brought in, including explosives-sniffing dogs from Bangor.

Four decades of pint-sized patrons

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Bainbridge Cooperative Nursery School celebrates 40 years in operation.
Adults know they’re on kid turf. As one stoops to pass beneath the child-size bamboo arch that marks the gate of Bainbridge Cooperative Nursery School – the island’s oldest preschool, which celebrates its 40th anniversary May 13 – one enters a play-and-learn paradise. The yard might make even the grumpiest grownup long to shed a few decades and clamber aboard the beached sailboat dubbed “The Creamsicle” or scale the small cliff of old tires.

Thrivers, not survivors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Islanders race, rally against breast cancer in popular events.
Facing her first checkup after completing breast cancer treatment, Su Reith told her husband she’d be fine by herself. Unannounced, her son appeared at the ferry dock; only then did she realize how frightened she was. “I was very touched,” Reith said. “It was so endearing to have him. (He said), ‘I just didn’t want you to be alone.’” No one walks alone in the Race for the Cure, which benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. “Thrivers” like Reith and Deb Maier, and the Race for the Cure and other fund-raisers, draw out compassion and support from family, friends and neighbors. The American Cancer Society estimates that 215,990 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. – 4,040 in Washington state – with 40,110 succumbing to the disease.

Early bloomers play Arts Walk

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Everything will be coming up roses in downtown Winslow this Sunday. Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council’s quarterly Arts Walk, “Roses are Red,” will see visitors serenaded by the young musicians of Cellomania and the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra. Visual work by local talents will be on display at 30 stores on and around Winslow Way. Offerings include oil paintings, watercolors, fabric collages, photography, jewelry, textile arts, etchings and even a “funk fashion show,” 1 p.m. at Gallery Fraga.

Scott to leave school board –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Bainbridge Island School Board member Mike Scott will vacate his District Five post June 30. Scott’s resignation from the board, two years into his four-year term, was announced at Thursday’s meeting. It was necessitated by his planned move to downtown Winslow; board policy requires that members reside in the district they represent.

Indoors and out

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

The Dernbachs’ residence revels in its waterfront locale, ambience.
Staff Writer Rick and Kathy Dernbach’s deck was the view seat for Tuesday’s storm. Black clouds moved in; as thunder growled and the wind freshened, scudding whitecaps offshore created the illusion of forward motion, as if the jutting deck topped a schooner rather than the Manitou Beach home. The impression was reinforced by the configuration of the site, which features a wide swath of lawn that eddies around islands of driftwood, rock and pampas grass as it falls away toward the water.

Boost wetland, stream protection, panel says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

Wider buffer proposals will be considered next by the City Council.
Saying local regulations are less stringent than those of other area cities, a citizen panel this week called for better protection of island streams and wetlands. In any event, committee members said, the city should err on the side of caution. “There’s something called ‘the precautionary principle,’ and there’s also something else called ‘the preservation of island life,’” committee member Cara Cruickshank told the City Council’s land use committee. “Our hearts are in this... We love this place, and we want to see it preserved.”

Mayor, police get their man

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

City Council confirms Matt Haney as chief.
What the resume didn’t accomplish, the interview did. By a 6-1 vote, the Bainbridge Island City Council Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Matt Haney as chief of police. Council members, who had been split on the nomination, cited Haney’s impressive handling of a three-hour, closed-door grilling – including his admission that he has made mistakes and has more to learn – for winning their favor. “I found that very human, and I appreciate human-ness,” chair Christine Rolfes said. Lone dissenter was Bill Knobloch, who missed the council’s interview of Haney but questioned the nominee’s “seasoning.”

Iris blooms for housing board benefit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:10PM

The noted flute quartet performs at Grace Church.
If poverty-stricken Schubert were alive today, he would not be able to afford a house on Bainbridge – but his music will help make that possible for others. Playing the music of Schubert, Haydn and Oswald, the Iris Quartet performs May 2 in a benefit for the Housing Resources Board, a nonprofit group dedicated to creating affordable housing on the island. “It is a celebration to bring the organization and affordable housing into focus and the public eye,” said islander Janet See, flutist.

Cutting to the heart of the gardens in her past

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Rice paper work by Michiko Olson is featured on the Bloom Tour poster.
It’s clear that Michiko Olson lavished time on “The Garden in My Memory,” the cut-paper artwork selected to be this year’s poster for the Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour. The Japanese technique of slicing away black rice paper, then filling the negative shapes with hand-colored paper, is a painstaking process that may demand a hundred knife strokes to shape a single flower. In the work, visual elements like the dragonfly and grasshopper lead the eye out of the frame and back again, while the plant forms create counter-clockwise movement within the picture plane.

Driver better after crash -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

A young woman badly injured in a highway crash at Hidden Cove Road Friday evening was in serious but stable condition at Harborview this week. Lauren Clinefelter, age 20, of Port Orchard, has regained consciousness but remains in intensive care, Bainbridge Police Officer Rob Corn said.

Globe-pedaling Ebers catching their breath

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

The Bainbridge Island family is circling the globe by bike for asthma research.
Lorenz Eber never had to tell his daughters to clean their plates. Biking 30-40 miles a day can work up a young appetite. “I’m usually the cleanup crew for meals, but there was never anything left over!” said Eber, whose family is circumnavigating the globe on bicycle to raise $5 million for asthma research through World Bike for Breath. On a pair of tandem bicycles, the Bainbridge family set off on May 7, 2003, World Asthma Day and cycled through Europe, Asia abd Australia. They returned to the U.S. this month to begin their last leg, from the island to Washington D.C.

Beach rights, wrongs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Neighbors and the city say the Lytle road end is too popular.
What drew Jamie Fritts to the Lytle Road beach Sunday afternoon could be expressed in two words: “southern exposure.” The broad crescent of shoreline, the priceless view across Rich Passage, the sand, the sun – especially the sun – all added up to what the Manzanita resident described as “incredible...the best beach on the island.” He was, as it happened, sitting on private land. And he appreciated the conflict, between his “kind of liberal” desire for public shoreline use, versus “how, from a liability standpoint and an aesthetic standpoint, (neighbors) wouldn’t want people traipsing through their front yards.” “Looking forward,” Fritts concluded, “we’ll respect that.”

Pizza driver critically hurt in wreck

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

A young woman delivering pizzas was critically injured when her vehicle was struck as she tried to cross the highway at Hidden Cove Road Friday evening. The victim, a 20-year-old Port Orchard woman whose name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center following the 5:25 p.m. crash, Bainbridge Police Traffic Officer Rob Corn said. She was said to have numerous life-threatening injuries.

John Willson: 'living long' with poetry workshop

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Fellow poets gather to celebrate 12 years of critique and camaraderie.
John Willson has helped send other peoples’ poems winging out into the world for a dozen years. Now, the flock converges on Island Center April 25 to honor the longtime island poet with a reading by poets who’ve attended Willson’s workshops – a celebration that also wraps national Poetry Month. “He inspires people not just to write their own work but also to see each others’ work, and have the courage to comment,” poet Sue Hylen said. “And that’s what brings people back over and over, and makes the poetry workshop a very special venue.” Willson figures that he’s hosted between 100 and 200 poets over the 12 years of the workshop. The precise number is hard to fix, he says, because many of the participants dropped in for a class or two.

Bike vs. auto yields no winners

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Two islanders were hit by cars this week.

Couple loses bid to stay in USA

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

A three-judge panel says Gormleys weren’t persecuted in South Africa.
In a swift decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied political asylum to Carol and Michael Gormley, South Africans living on Bainbridge Island who appeared before the court April 1. The decision upheld an earlier ruling by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Gormleys have fought a four-year battle to stay in the United States and to remain on the island; they joined Carol Gormley’s daughter, Maureen Cruz here in 1999, after they could not find work in post-apartheid South Africa. They claimed that that nation’s Employment Equity Act, intended to correct historical job discrimination against black South Africans, prevented the couple, who are white, from finding jobs.

Open days at island gardens -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program begins its 2004 season of garden tours in the Seattle region today by showcasing five private gardens on Bainbridge and in Kingston. Featured this year are the perennial-laden woodland paths at the Waterman Garden, 6886 Wing Point Road; the Kinsman garden, 2002 winner of the Pacific Northwest Garden Contest, 9245 Fox Cove Lane; the Roose garden, with its profusion of flowering trees and central “Wedding Grove,” 14796 Sivertson Road; Agate Nursery Garden, with forest and pond replete with wildlife and a unique collection of perennials, 16675 Mariner Avenue. Also on the tour is the world-renowned Heronswood nursery and garden, which specializes in rare and unusual plants, 7530 288th Street in Kingston. Art in the garden includes work by island artists Little and Lewis.

Hard hats off to the new AMB

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

American Marine Bank completes two-year, 4,000-square-foot overhaul.
The chain-link fence and construction detritus are finally gone, and the doors of American Marine Bank are wide open. “It’s wonderful,” said Rex Townsend, bank president and CEO. “It’s been a long project for our employees and the community, and we appreciate everyone’s patience. “We wanted to make a statement that downtown Winslow is vibrant and alive – truly the focus of activity on Bainbridge.” American Marine Bank celebrated the grand opening of its headquarters on Winslow Way Thursday morning after two years of major construction that expanded and refaced the building.

Council hones chief process -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

City Council members will interview Matt Haney, nominee for chief of Bainbridge Police, as early as this coming week, council chair Christine Rolfes announced Wednesday. The interview will come as part of the confirmation process agreed upon by the council following a closed-door session two weeks ago.

Language students have 'hai' hopes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Kristin Henshaw teaches Japanese to more than 90 students at Bainbridge High.
Ryunosuke Konno’s name means “Gold, Field, Dragon, Son.” Konno, an exchange student attending high school in North Kitsap, chalks the intricate hirigana – language symbols – that compose his name for Bainbridge High School teacher Kristin Henshaw’s introductory Japan-ese language class. “It’s just cool, because most Americans don’t know what their name means,” freshman Sam Gaspich tells classmates.

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